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Medical Errors Lead to Brain Damage after Birth

A 13-year-old boy who suffered a severe brain injury as a result of medical errors following his birth has been awarded compensation amounting to several millions of pounds, reports the BBC.

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Siblings Awarded Compensation for Injuries at Birth

A family that suffered the double tragedy of both children developing cerebral palsy as a result of clinical negligence at birth has been awarded compensation amounting to many millions of pounds, reports the BBC.

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Lanarkshire Woman Wins Supreme Court Damages Claim

A Lanarkshire woman who took her battle to claim compensation for her son’s birth-related injuries all the way to the Supreme Court has finally been awarded damages amounting to £5.25 million, reports the BBC.

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Being Honest about Medical Mistakes

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has given its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on imposing a ‘duty of candour’ for healthcare providers, in which it says that medical and social care staff should be open and upfront about medical mistakes.

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Study into Accidental Awareness during Anaesthesia

A recent study has highlighted the risk factors and consequences for patients of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia, including long term psychological harm.

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Compensation Awarded for Mother’s Death

A woman has been awarded a five figure sum of damages following the death of her mother, who died after receiving “below standard care” at a hospital in North Staffordshire, reports the Daily Mail.

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European Action to Improve Patient Safety

The European Commission has recently published details on how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety.

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Widow Compensated after Incorrect Diagnosis

A widow has been awarded £50,000 in compensation after a GP failed to realise that her husband was suffering from bowel cancer, reports the BBC.

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Medical Innovation Bill threatens to ‘erode patient safety’

A draft Bill designed to give doctors in England and Wales the freedom to practise innovative medicine on patients is both dangerous and unnecessary, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has said in response to a Government consultation.

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Cut birth injuries to cut the compensation bill, say lawyers

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee recently published its report into maternity services in England.

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Concerns over the use of drips in the NHS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is calling on doctors and nurses across England and Wales to become better educated in how to safely care for patients who are given fluids through a drip (intravenous fluid therapy).

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Patient safety risk due to lack of GP Surgeries.

The BMA Scotland have warned that GP’s today are dealing with ever increasing workloads as the total number of GP practices in Scotland has fallen by 70 in the past 10 years.  The decrease in practices and an estimated 10% increase consultations since records began in 2003 mean that there is an increased risk of doctors “burning out” from the stress of their workload.

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Compensation awarded for birth injuries

A mother has been awarded compensation after she claimed that her son’s cerebral palsy was the result of alleged medical negligence, reports the BBC.

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Scottish Public Services Ombudsman orders review of radiology practices

NHS Fife has been ordered to arrange an external review of its radiology procedures following The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upholding a complaint by a patient’s husband.

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Patient care jeopardised by nurse stress

Findings from a new report released by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) show that patient care is being put at risk by staff cuts and excessive workloads, leading to unprecedented nurse stress and ill health.

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Report into patient safety incidents

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published the latest set of Organisation Patient Safety Incident data.    

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Patients sent letters warning of Hep C Risk

Over 3000 former patients of an unidentified healthcare worker are to receive correspondence offering advice and screening in Fife. The health worker, now retired, unknowingly worked for many years following on from contracting Hepatitis C.

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Improving patient safety

Health Secretary Alex Neil has launched a set of ‘must do’ patient safety essentials at a conference on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

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Improving the quality of patient care

A leading expert in the field of clinical quality improvement from the University of Dundee has advised that the NHS in Scotland must adopt a radically different approach if it wishes to learn from medical mistakes and improve the standards of care provided in Scottish hospitals.

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Doctors’ working hours pose risk to patients

Patients’ safety and wellbeing could be at risk because the working patterns of doctors in training are leaving them too tired and stressed. These are the worrying findings of a recent study commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC).

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